Earth and AshesOne of the best things about attending a film festival is the opportunity to see films that portray other cultures, offering snapshots of life from a perspective we never see in our ordinary lives. It's hard to remember, living as we do amid the hustle and bustle of our busy American urban and suburban lives, that our realities, the problems we face in our day to day living, are not problems faced in other parts of the world.

It's easy to take for granted the little things - the ability to turn on a faucet and get water when we are thirsty; to go to the refrigerator or to a store to get food for a hungry child; to get where we need to go by car, or by bus, or by taxi; to get in touch quickly with a loved one by picking up a cell phone or shooting off an email; to go to sleep each night not worrying whether our home, our town, our family, will go up in smoke and flames while we sleep.

Earth and Ashes, directed by Atiq Rahimi and based on his book by the same name, takes us to a world so different from the world we are used to, that just to watch it is an exercise in culture shock. 

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